Event Date: 01/17/2018   Event Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Asheville Gallery of Art’s January show, “Winter Blues” features the work of 23 member artists. The show runs January 1-31 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery, located at 82 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville across from Pritchard Park, will host a reception for the artists on Friday, January 5, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to stop by. What better way to brighten the cold and gray January days than by enjoying a display of great art? Each piece will be an interpretation of the artist’s winter experience. Work will range from serene, snowy landscapes to abstracts in colors calculated to warm and cheer you as you wait for spring. “Our artists enjoy participating in themed shows,” says member Jane Molinelli. “Every artist I know can almost instantly come up with dozens of different angles on how to interpret a given idea. You never know what will be in the show until it’s time to hang it, and that makes it as exciting to create as to see.” The pieces for the show, as well as the work of all 31 gallery members, will be on display and for sale through the month of January. For further information about this show, you can contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or go to the gallery Facebook page.

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82 Patton Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/17/2018   Event Time: 5:30 PM

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When you become a member at the Asheville Museum of Science you are supporting STEM education in WNC, and providing a place for children and adults alike to let their scientific curiosity grow. Members are invited to the museum for a night of fun, light bites, and science as AMOS says, "Thank you for your continued support!". As a special thank you to members, the Bob Moog Foundation will be running hands-on demonstrations from their SoundSchool in the AMOS STEM Lab.

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43 Patton Avenue , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/20/2018   Event Time: 11:00 AM

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A Benefit to Help our Immigrant Neighbors Join us as we transform Habitat Tavern & Commons to an international foor court for an efternoon. Sample a passport's worth of international flavor, made lovingly by our talented community neighbors. All proceeds benefit Pisgah Legal's Justice For All Project which provides legal help to low-income immigrants and refugees in our community.

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174 Broadway Street , Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 01/22/2018   Event Time: 7:00 PM

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Mondays, January 22 - March 19, 7 - 9 PMCentral United Methodist Church27 Church St, Asheville, NC 28801 Each nine-week Building Bridges session offers an introduction to the dynamics of racism and is an opportunity to explore how race has impacted our relationships, communities, and institutions. Participants meet Mondays between January 22 and March 19 from 7 - 9 pm at the Central United Methodist Church. Up to two snow days will be appended to the end of the session on March 26 and April 2, if needed. Visit our website, bbavl.org, for more information. Parking for Winter 2018 Session Central United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church have made their parking lots available to Building Bridges attendees for the duration of the session. About 140 spots are available. A parking map is available on our website. City parking is also available to the public. Metered spots are free after 6:00 PM. City-owned garages (Rankin, Civic Center, and Wall Street being closest) are free the first hour and $1.50 for each hour thereafter. You can view more information about city parking on the City of Asheville website. Please arrive early to ensure you are able to attend the session on time. Childcare Childcare is not available for the winter 2018 session of Building Bridges.

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27 Church Street , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 01/24/2018   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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* Do you want more comfort and confidence in communicating your consent and boundaries? * Is it hard to find safe, non-sexual, nurturing touch in your life? * Are you ready to explore conscious connection, authentic consent, and empowered boundaries, and nurturing platonic touch? Then Snuggle Sanctuary is the place for you!  Nurturing, welcome, consensual touch is esssential for the wellbeing of your body, your heart, and your spirit. Your nervous system, blood pressure, and emotional health all benefit from healthy, heart-full touch. The body's bliss hormone, Ocytocin, is realeased by nurturing, welcome, consensual touch and is essential for the wellbeing of your body, your heart, and your spirit. Your nervous system, blood pressure, and emotional health all benefit from healthy, heart-full touch!  Safe touch also enhances your ability to connect with and trust people, your capacity to respect and care for yourself, your creativity, and your sense of safety, comfort, and belonging. Infants who are deprived of touch fail to thrive, and we never outgrow that need. In today’s high-tech low-touch society, we especially crave the authentic connection, deep listening, and nurturing touch that we were born to receive.  Though touch is natural, the skills that make it welcome and enjoyable sometimes need to be learned and practiced. Skills of communication, expressing boundaries, asking for what you want, and saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ with clarity and kindness. For many of us, this can be an uncomfortable edge to explore. That's why we have Snuggle Sanctuary! My job as a trained facilitator is to guide you into these skills gently and easily, in a fun, safe and light hearted way. I am here to welcome you, create an atmosphere of respect, and remain available for questions and support. At Snuggle Sanctuary you gain:  * Clarity and confidence about your wants and needs  * Boundary and communication skills  * Comfort, support and encouragement  * The secrets to welcome, relaxed, platonic touch  The skills you learn at Snuggle Sanctuary translate into every day life, right from the start. When boundaries and consent are clear, every relationship is easier. And… Where else can you attend a workshop in your pajamas?! WHAT TO EXPECTThe Orientation Circle is required for anyone who has a desire to learn this practice and would like to attend our monthly Snuggle Sanctuary evenings. It is also appropriate for those who've had some experience but would like an opportunity to refresh thier understanding and reinforce their skills for communicating consent and boundaries.   During the first hour we create the structure and establish safe space with the Orientation Circle. We will introduce ourselves, learn about Snuggle Sanctuary philosophy, go over the Agreements (like "Ask permission and get a verbal Yes before touching anyone", and "It's okay to change your mind at any time, for any reason"), and go through several communication and ice-breaker exercises.  After the Orientation Circle hour with the new-comers, we will have a break with snacks and mingling while our experienced participants arrive between 7:15 - 7:30. Then we will all come together for a Welcome Circle and Introductions, review the Agreements, share a few group exercises, and the space will be opened up for social snuggling time for the rest of the evening. You will have the option to join in a group snuggle, connect one-on-one for individual snuggles, or just sit back and watch, journal, and have a conversation. You can leave at anytime, or stay until we end with a Closing Circle.  You may want to attend Snuggle Sanctuary for a variety of reasons. Some come just to have fun and enjoy a wonderful evening of connecting with like-minded people and making new friends. Some come to safely fulfill their need for affection and nurturing touch that may be missing in their everyday life. Some appreciate the learning and personal growth aspect, having the opportunity to improve their social and communication skills, and explore ways of creating connection and closeness. Some may appreciate risking connecting with someone of the same sex (or the opposite sex, if that's your edge). Some find a beautiful element of spirituality here, and play with touch meditation, breath Tantra, eye gazing, and exploring the naturally altered state of consciousness that the "cuddling hormone" oxytocin can produce.  Snuggling can mean feet against feet, head or shoulder rubs, full-body hugs, spooning - it is entirely up to you. You can participate according to your desires and comfort level. It is perfectly ok if you just want to talk and not touch anyone for a while or not at all - YOU ARE ALWAYS AT CHOICE!!!. Regardless of your level of physical engagement, you will have a great opportunity to meet and connect with other people in a safe and relaxing environment. LOGISTICAL DETAILS  Be sure to REGISTER in advance through EventBrite. There are a limited number of spaces available. Confirmations with complete details, location, and directions will be e-mailed out to those who register. Registration for first-timers (includes Orientation Circle): $30  Registration for experienced participants: $20 PLEASE BE ON TIME. You are welcome to arrive at 5:45 to get settled in before the Orientation Circle begins at 6pm.  The Orientation Circle is for first-timers to go over the Agreements of Snuggle Sanctuary. This is an important aspect of the Snuggle Sanctuary experience and creates a safe container for all participants. It is essential that everyone be on time. Once the Orientation Circle begins, no late arrivals can join us.  After the Orientation Circle hour with the new-comers, we will have a break with snacks and mingling while our experienced participants arrive between 7:15 - 7:30 and settle in for the full-group Welcome Circle and introductions, review, and exercises before the space is opened up for social snuggling time for the rest of the evening. Once the Welcome Circle begins, no late arrivals can join us.  WEAR comfortable, non-binding, clothing (sweat pants, loose cotton, pajamas, onesies, etc. - have fun!). Think comfy, not sexy. You may change at the venue if necessary. This will be a shoe-free environment, so please bring and wear socks if your feet get cold. Out of consideration for other participants, please be fresh and hygenic and DON’T WEAR any strong fragrances, colognes, or perfumes. PLEASE BRING:  * your open heart, and be prepared for the open hearts of others * a blanket and pillow to contribute to the communal snuggle zone  * a simple snack to share (i.e. fruit, chips, hummus, chocolate...)  Please note:  * There is no nudity or sexual activity at this event. This is not a dating group. If that is your reason for interest, please do not attend. * LGBQT2S welcoming ~ this is a safe space for you  * This is a drug and alcohol free event. Please respect the sanctity of this intention.  * Iona is certified Cuddle Party Facilitator #00122. For more info visit www.cuddleparty.com Cancellations and refunds:  *If you cannot make it, let us know immediately!! We usually have a waiting list of people who really want to come! We can only fill extra spaces if you notify us in enough time. Out of kindness to other snugglers, please email us immediately if your plans change. * Partial refund up to 72 hours in advance. $10.00 admin fee will be charged and you'll receive back the rest of what you originally paid. * If you are a no show, or arrive after the doors have closed, no refund. LOCATION  Snuggle Sanctuary will be hosted at a beautiful private home in Fletcher, NC.  Location and directions will be emailed with registration confirmation  **Advance registration is required**

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, Asheville, NC
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Event Date: 01/25/2018   Event Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Join The Asheville School of Wine on Thursday, January 25th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a wine tasting "on the house" with Rustic Grape! Melissa Ward, co-owner of Rustic Grape, a wine bar set to open in March at 14 Aston Street at S. Lexington in Asheville, selects some of her favorites wines on the shelf @MetroWines. Please Join us to meet Melissa, hear news about this hot new wine bar and taste some great wines! Follow Rustic Grape on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/rusticgrapeavl/ Contact for Rustic Grape: Melissa Ward: [email protected]

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169 Charlotte St , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/01/2018   Event Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Asheville Gallery of Art’s February show features the work of two new members, Ana Blanton and Zoe Schumaker. Though they paint in two different styles and mediums, the artists’ work represents the inspiration each derives from nature. The show runs February 1-28 during gallery hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery, located at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, across from Pritchard Park, will host a reception for the artists on Friday, February 2, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to stop by. “When I process ideas, I see them as layers of images rather than words, and as my thoughts become imagery, I feel more comfortable expressing myself through abstract form,” says Ana Blanton. Of her latest series of mixed-media paintings she says, “In this series I am more interested in representing the sense and feel of light in nature. It is about exploring the sense of energy and movement that is unique to light traveling through air, water, and objects in nature or a simple still life.” Blanton, who has lived in Asheville since 1997, has a BA in Art Studio from Mars Hill University. She studied Art Conservation at University of Madrid, Spain, and mural painting and mural Conservation at the International School of Mural Painting Miguel Farre, Barcelona, Spain. Zoe Schumaker says, “From an early age, I tried to capture the beauty I saw by drawing and photographing my surroundings.” Raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California, the artist spent many afternoons immersed in imaginative drawings of the mountains, lakes and forests, and the animals that live there. Schumaker rediscovered her passion for painting upon moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2005. “As I explored the area, I started bringing my backpack kit of pastels. It was not long before I decided to pursue art full time.” The artist teaches painting at the John C. Campbell Folk School and is active in several regional environmental non-profits. She frequently donates her work to support these causes. “Nature is my muse. I hope my paintings capture the joy and reverence I feel for our beautiful home.” The featured works by Blanton and Schumaker, as well as the paintings of the other 29 gallery members will be on display and for sale through the month of February. For further information about this show, you can contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or go to the gallery Facebook page.

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82 Patton Ave. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/03/2018   Event Time: 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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The Junior League of Asheville, Inc., one of Buncombe County's oldest women-led volunteer organizations, will host a Volunteer Expo on February 3, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. Modeled after a job fair, the Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for residents of Western North Carolina to learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations. To make this event a success, the League is pleased to partner with over 50 local nonprofits, including organizations that specialize in addressing health, poverty, legal aid, environmental stewardship, women's issues, arts, civic leadership, technology, education, and animal welfare. In addition to learning about local nonprofit organizations and exploring volunteer opportunities with these organizations, Volunteer Expo attendees can attend four educational panels centered around the theme, ‘How Do You Serve?’ Panelists will address direct, government and board service, as well as financial management of nonprofits.

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Crowne Plaza Expo Center , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/08/2018   Event Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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“The Hollow Men” discussion led by Brandon Johnson, Free. Sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

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52 Market St. , Asheville, NC 28801
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Event Date: 02/13/2018   Event Time: 6:00 PM

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Interested in learning more about foster care? Get your questions answered at the Bair info night! Light snacks and bottled water will be provided but please feel free to bring your own dinners or snacks as well. Consider becoming a foster parent. A child is waiting! Answer the call!

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30 Garfield St Suite F , Asheville, NC 28803
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Event Date: 02/17/2018   Event Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Join us in a celebration of Julia Wolfe's birthday with an open house in the dining room of Old Kentucky Home. Readings from interviews in The Marble Man's Wife.

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52 Market St. , Asheville, NC 28801
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